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Jul
16
comment Relation and differences between SGML, XML, HTML and XHTML
@Tim: (1) HTML, XML, and XHTML are not subsets of anything except SGML. They are all different. XML actually has just about nothing to do with HTML or XHTML...it serves a different purpose. XHTML can be parsed as both HTML and XML, but it's used only by browsers as HTML markup. HTML and XML both have a common ancestor of SGML, but are otherwise unrelated. For every intent, they are separate because SGML is so generic.
Jul
16
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Jul
16
answered Relation and differences between SGML, XML, HTML and XHTML
Jul
2
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
I agree with all of your sentiments except the part about C++ being a good language. Very good conclusion too.
Jul
2
comment What do you call this pattern/technique?
Would you mind explaining why you feel like this approach is better (subjectively or otherwise) than switches? If you HAVE to do that to solve your problems it sounds like you're not using a language that's working for your benefit.
Jun
28
comment Learning C# quickly
You know Java already? s/toString/ToString and you're done.
Jun
27
comment What php programmer should know?
I agree with Christian that a senior level programmer, PHP or otherwise, should know about some sort of build automation and continuous integration. And yes, they should also know how to extract data from a database. I would make any other answers that focus on specific products (Zend, Joomla, Google Checkout) more generic (any web framework, a payment API, any templating system). I would also add PHP config and setup to the list. Any PHP programmer doing it long enough has had to go through Apache hell at some point.
Jun
11
comment How do I deal with analysis paralysis?
@Neil: Using other people's snippets as snippet programming, and not knowing what they do, is bad practice. Using your own code snippets is generally good, since it's quite likely you understand what you wrote. If not, then there's probably no hope for you.
Jun
11
comment How do I deal with analysis paralysis?
And then he can spend hours tormenting himself about exactly how long the alarm clock should be set for! :)
Jun
9
comment Is PHP a bad object oriented language?
@Jarrod, there are some legitimately bad languages, particularly when they are in their early versions. Early versions of Actionscript, Javascript, Java, and PHP come to mind.
Jun
9
comment Best ways to generate an embed code
Yup, this answer is perfect.
Jun
3
comment Is it better to specialize in a single field I like, or expand into other fields to broaden my horizons?
"If your MS-based company suddenly needs a UNIX guy for something"...oh we can dream, can't we :)
May
31
comment Can CSS be considered a DSL?
I agree with @Berin on this one. Also of interest to this discussion is DSSSL. For those who like wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSSSL
May
26
comment How do you tell if advice from a senior developer is bad?
This is a great answer. I wish people could understand the key element that sometimes decisions are made that don't make sense from a purely technical standpoint, but make wonderful business sense. That's probably the hardest part for any of us to understand when we get so deep into the technical aspects of code. Example: hard-coding a feature instead of abstracting, for the sake of time, so you can focus or more crucial/more sellable parts of the app.
May
13
revised database schema with unlimited hierarchical data that is modified a lot
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May
12
answered database schema with unlimited hierarchical data that is modified a lot
May
12
answered Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?
May
10
comment isn't number localization just unnecessary?
This question and the answers it's sure to get (and already has) is a great learning experience for everyone.
Apr
28
comment Subversion/source control only for production code?
@Tom: I can tell you right now that regardless of what you think of the quality of his work, he is not a skilled developer if he doesn't know how to properly use source control. There is no other option, other than that maybe he's been working alone in a basement. Even in my own projects where I'm the only developer, I use source control to its fullest extent.
Apr
27
comment How to explain to non-programmers that programming is not a repetitive task?
-1 for Visual Studio ;)